Thanks for taking the time to visit the Captain Scott's XI JustGiving page in support of our Oslo Challenge (more on that below) and in particular, the event's charity partner, Cricket Without Boundaries.
A century ago, two separate teams of intrepid explorers risked everything in an attempt to be the first party to reach the South Pole. One was led by Englishman Robert F. Scott, the other by a Norwegian, Roald Amundsen. While Scott’s team was hampered by a series of misfortunes, Amundsen’s team completed a relatively smooth and uneventful trek, arriving at the South Pole on December 14, 1911. Scott’s team overcame the odds to also reach their destination, but unfortunately they arrived over a month after Amundsen’s team on 17 January 1912 – Scott’s anguish captured in the famous words from his diary, “The worst has happened”.
One century later, a team of Brits will try to exact some manner of revenge for that defeat, by taking on a Norwegian team in a contest they are far more equipped to win – a cricket match!
As the centrepiece event, there will be a cricket match, played on snow and ice, in the bustling metropolis of Oslo, the Norwegian capital. The match will take place on 17 January 2012 – a genuine centenary celebration of the arrival of Scott’s team at the South Pole.
As well as playing cricket, the Captain Scott team will take part in dog sledding and ski challenges in Oslo, as an echo the events of 100 years before…
Given this event is genuinely a case of "cricket without boundaries", we thought the charity of the same name would be a worthy partner. All funds raised will go directly towards Cricket Without Boundaries to support their work in sub-Saharan Africa where they coach cricket in underprivileged communities. The brilliant part is that AIDS awareness messages are incorporated into their coaching drills and games - the children learn important lessons while having great fun!
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